2013 Cadillac ATS Long Term Road Test - Cargo Space

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Moving Day

September 24, 2013

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Small items have a tendency to tip over, slide around, spill, smoosh or break in the back of a U-Haul truck. So when a friend asked if I could help him and his pregnant wife move into a new home last weekend, I happily obliged (not just because he offered beer) and brought along our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: The Bat Cave

September 23, 2013

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If you swipe your finger along the bottom of the Cadillac ATS's center stack, a secret will be revealed. Donna DeRosa found it while Searching for the CD Player but I happened upon it by accident. Powered arms lift the display to reveal a third USB port and some cool-blue lighting inside an additional storage compartment.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: No Truck Needed

August 21, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Lately, I've been giving serious thought to buying a used pickup, something like a Nissan Frontier. I enjoy driving trucks, and since I've blithely entered into a home renovation project, I'd have the ability to make a hardware store run whenever the mood strikes.

The problem is, of course, that with the house sucking up all available funds, a used truck doesn't really fit into the budget. Last night, I was driving our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS, and I decided to buy a new bathroom sink and cabinet that I'd researched online. If it doesn't fit in the Caddy, I told myself, I'll just arrange to pick it up later.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Narrow Trunk

May 1, 2013

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The 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T's trunk is generously wide at the opening, but things get tight further back in the cargo area.

I found out just how narrow it gets at the wheel wells when I folded down the rear seats and tried to put a mountain bike in through the trunk.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: I'd Buy a Cargo Net

March 29, 2013

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Dirty shoes, sweaty shirts and leaky water bottles don't belong on the nice leather interior of a Cadillac. So after a hike to Skull Rock in the Pacific Palisades this weekend I put our stuff in the trunk. My camera bag (on the right) fit nicely in to the plastic bin on the floor of the trunk and there was more than enough room for everything else, but I didn't feel comfortable leaving it back there without some way to secure it.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Euroness

February 6, 2013

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It's easy pick on the ATS for a couple of its concessions to Europe, such as passenger-side fuel filler. It'd be easier if this weren't prevalent on so many GM cars. I get it, global company and all. Tuned the ATS on the Norburger and hope to sell a few there as well. Fine.

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2013 Cadillac ATS: Who's the Big Brother Here?

December 28, 2012

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As if we had staged it, our 2013 Cadillac ATS drips dry in front of a Cadillac CTS. Funny thing is, the supposedly smaller ATS looks at least as large as the CTS parked behind it. In fact, overall length differs by 8.5 inches, but it's hard to see out in the real world. Do you think the new ATS is going to cannibalize the aging CTS sales?

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 2,534 miles

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2013 Cadillac ATS: How Big is the Trunk?

December 20, 2012

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A trip to the airport yesterday seemed to be the perfect opportunity to test out the trunk in our new 2013 Cadillac ATS. It's a small car, so I was interested to see how useful it is when loaded with suitcases.

In short, it's not. As the second photo shows, I had to jam the second larger suitcase diagonally just to fit it in next to the expanded roller board. My briefcase (not pictured) fit in behind that and with a purse perhaps stuffed in the corner, we would've been full. So I suppose it fit, but this 10.2-cubic-foot space is more akin to what you'd find in a coupe rather than a sedan. In fact, most compact cars are far bigger.

I would note, however, that although the forward part of trunk is on the narrow side, the aft portion is quite wide. This should be good for golf clubs, which is something the CTS struggles with.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,604 miles

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